Are You Absolutely Certain that God Exists?

February 2007

A Harris Poll of 2,010 U.S. adults in October 2006 found that 42 percent said they are not "absolutely certain" that God exists. Three years ago it was 34 percent (, Oct. 31, 2006). In three more years will it be 50 percent?

Among religious groups who are "absolutely certain" that God exists: 76 percent of all Protestants, 93 percent of "born again" evangelicals, and only 64 percent of Catholics.

Absolute belief in God has a lot to do with the culture wars. In Time magazine (Aug. 28, 2006), 10 questions were asked of Pat Buchanan. One question was: "Do you think legal gay marriage is inevitable?" Buchanan answered: "Traditionalists still have the upper hand, but there's no doubt which way the trend is going. And it is not going the conservative way." Another question was: "Can conservatives win the culture wars?" Buchanan answered: "Those of us on the right have been losing ground since the 1970s and '80s. Can we ultimately win? I think you would need a reconversion of the country to a traditionalist, Christian point of view -- and I don't see that coming."

We hear over and over about religious revivals, but it's just wishful thinking or even monkeyshine. We hate to bear bad news, but America is going downhill.

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Posted by: luke
February 08, 2007 01:00 PM EST
I don't like bad news any more than anyone else, but I'm glad you said it. It needs to be said. America is on the decline and there's not a heck of a lot of reason to think that it's going to change course. Posted by: Fr_Richard
February 17, 2007 08:02 AM EST
All you have to do is look at the reports from our public school system and the colleges in this country to see why the trend is negative. One of the strengths of a democracy is an imformed citizenry but look at what one gets in the media today. Even in supposedly catholic publications you have to be careful. This article mentions that 36% of catholics are not sure. Are they really catholics? So many articles (and key politicians in the congress) refer to individuals as catholic who indicate opposition to catholic beliefs. What then is a catholic? Our own Catholic Bishops do not provide good example - e.g. report of which colleges/professors comply with the magisterium in college teaching; publicly refusing to deal with public officials who are in sin regarding the reception of communion etc. Then, again, what is in a poll? The old adage that figures don't lie but liars figure is alive and well in polling these days - what is absolute certainty? Posted by: wunsch
March 08, 2007 09:49 PM EST
Few people understand what "absolutely" means. Ask them what it means and you wil be trampled by a heard of oxymorons. Posted by: jrousseau
April 24, 2008 11:56 AM EDT
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